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Pro-Life Super PAC

Political leanings: Conservative

Spending targets: Unknown

Pro-Life Super PAC is a political action committee focused on abortion. The group, which registered with the Federal Election Commission on Feb. 16, has ties to organizations advocating for so-called “personhood rights” for fetuses.

Little information is available about the founders or donors to the group. The PAC describes itself as “a group of concerned citizens that wish to support candidates who have a strong pro-life record.”

Daniel Skerbitz is listed as the treasurer and custodian of records for Pro-Life Super PAC. He also serves as the director of Personhood Oklahoma, which is a state chapter of Personhood USA. According to its website, Personhood USA “serves the pro-life community by assisting local groups to initiate citizen, legislative, and political action focusing on the ultimate goal of the pro-life movement: personhood rights for all innocent humans.” Those who support “personhood rights” believe that life begins at the moment a human egg is fertilized.

On March 5, Personhood Oklahoma launched a campaign to collect 155,000 signatures in three months to put a constitutional amendment on the November 2012 ballot. The proposed amendment would expand the legal definition of personhood “from biological development to the end of natural life.” Supporters say their aim is to end legalized abortion.

During the 2012 campaign cycle, Pro-Life Super PAC released a TV ad attacking Mitt Romney. In a Feb. 27 press release, Personhood USA praised Pro-Life Super PAC: “Personhood USA is applauding a Pro-Life Super PAC ad exposing Mitt Romney’s continued support of abortion.” Pro-Life Super PAC advertises a “Pro-Life Pledge,” which redirects to Personhood USA’s Personhood Republican Presidential Candidate Pledge. Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Sen. Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Ron Paul have all signed this pledge. Romney has not. He also has declined to appear at Personhood USA events, citing scheduling conflicts.

Pro-Life Super PAC has spent less than $15,000.